A Maine emu escape artist named Ralphie, also known as “The Bird,” is heading to a new home in Georgia.
Janet Tuttle at Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary and Rescue in Lisbon says they have raised $3,000 through a T-shirt fundraiser to send Ralphie to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia.
Ralphie gained national fame with a high profile escape from the Lisbon sanctuary in June. The 19-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch bird was captured the following day.
Tuttle says she has struggled to care for Ralphie since animal control officers brought him to the sanctuary after an escape a decade ago.
She says she’ll miss Ralphie, but “he’s better off there.” He will join close to 60 other emus at his new home.
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